Prayer for the Members of the Armed Services

 
For Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Lord Jesus, grant to us, we pray,
For soldiers and marines, this day,
The courage, honor, strength, and skill
Their land to serve, thy law fulfill;
Oh, hear us when we beg Thy hand,
Protect our troops upon the land.

O Holy Spirit, guard and guide.
The men who fly up in the the sky.
Be with them always in the air,
In darkening storms or sunlight fair;
Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,
For those in peril in the air!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe'er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

 [adapted from the Navy Hymn]

Traditional Navy Version (Sea Chanters)


Some Alternate Verses

Coast Guard

Eternal Father, Lord of hosts,
Watch o'er the men who guard our coasts.
Protect them from the raging seas
And give them light and life and peace.
Grant them from thy great throne above
The shield and shelter of thy love.

Submariners

Lord God, our power evermore,
Whose arm doth reach the ocean floor,
Dive with our men beneath the sea;
Traverse the depths protectively.
O hear us when we pray, and keep
them safe from peril in the deep.
                      (David B. Miller, 1965)

Marines

Eternal Father, grant, we pray,
To all Marines, both night and day,
The courage, honor, strength, and skill
Their land to serve, thy law fulfill;
Be thou the shield forevermore
From every peril to the Corps.
                                 (J. E. Seim,  1966)

Naval Construction Battalions (Seabees)

Lord, stand beside the men who build,
And give them courage, strength, and skill.
O grant them peace of heart and mind,
And comfort loved ones left behind.
Lord, hear our prayers for all Seabees,
Where'er they be on land or sea.
                               (R. J. Dietrich, 1960)

Astronauts

Eternal Father, King of birth,
Who didst create the heaven and earth,
And bid the planets and the sun
Their own appointed orbits run;
O hear us when we seek they grace
For those who soar through outer space.
                                  (J. E. Volonte, 1961)

Armed Forces, General

Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
And those who on the ocean ply;
Be with our troops upon the land,
And all who for their country stand:
Be with these guardians day and night
And may their trust be in they might.
                                            (unknown)


For Peacemakers

God Our Father, maker and lover of peace.
You destroy war and put down human pride.
Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears. Keep us safe from weapons of hate.

Stretch forth, we pray thee, thine almighty arm to strengthen and protect those who serve our country. Support them in the day of battle, and in the time of peace keep them safe from all evil; endue them with courage and loyalty; and grant that in all things they may serve without reproach.
We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen





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